The truth is I read about new terrorist alarms and the other day I sat at a coffeeshop in The Bull Ring shopping centre, Birmingham and had a perfect view over the crowded little square outside. Socialists handing out flyers, people passing in all directions. I pictured a few men standing in each end of the street, shooting at everything and everyone coming their way. Armed forces arriving within seconds and the alarming silence overtaking the city, the world. I picture it happening in Alexanderplatz, Berlin and I picture it happen when the tube rushes forward in the London underground. I can almost hear the silence, see the dust and blood from human body parts.

And still, it would be nothing like I imagine.